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Author:  Steve
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Date:  3/26/2008 11:37:00 PM
Subject:  Intermarriage
Message:  I recently received a wedding invitation. It's for my cousin who is marrying a Catholic girl. How do I respond to the rsvp? Do I simply say "we will unfortunately not be attending", or not answer anything at all, or write a letter about how terrible intermarriage is, and how the family should sit shiva for another lost Jew who was taken away in the silent holocaust that is intermarriage?   This cousin ostensibly gave me a gift when I got married, am I permitted to send him a gift? If I ever do see him at another function, is it ok to greet him (and his shiktza wife)?
Reply:  Your cousin is not religious obviously. If you can be nice to him and one day he might rethink his path, that would help. Going to the wedding is clearly NG. If writing a letter will change anything, then maybe it's a good idea. However, I doubt it.

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